Proper safety equipment when operating an ATV can save your life

Hampden County

A Belchertown man was killed in an ATV accident in Maine this past weekend.

Twenty-seven-year-old Taylor Curtin was killed when the ATV he was driving crashed in Rocky Mountain Terrain Park in Carthage, Maine Sunday.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said Curtin was driving back to his campsite when his ATV hit a tree.

A Fisheries and Wildlife Official said Curtin was likely speeding and wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Monty’s Motorsports in Westfield said the proper safety equipment can save your life.

“A helmet, I would recommend off-road boots, and definitely goggles as well at the very least,” said Monty Geer. “It’s not like you’re driving a bumper car around, there’s real danger involved. So you’ve got to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on, you’re protected.”

The consumer product safety commission strongly encourages ATV riders to stay off of paved roads, and to never allow more riders on an ATV than it is designed to carry.

Anyone under 18 is required to take a state safety course before they can legally drive an ATV.

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